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Turn your passion for animals into a rewarding professional career by studying a veterinary nurse course.
What do veterinary nurse graduates do?
Veterinary nurses are intimately involved with the operation and management of a veterinary practice, and work closely with veterinary surgeons to treat and care for animals.
Day-to-day tasks as a veterinary nurse may include work like administering medicine to animals, admitting and preparing animals, sterilising and organising equipment, performing diagnostic and pathology tests, administering anaesthetic, ordering and managing stock, interacting with customers, scheduling appointments, and performing administrative and logistical duties in a veterinary practice.
Working in a small team, veterinary nurses have opportunities to work across a range of roles, and your responsibilities may change depending on the nature of your practice. In addition to developing your technical animal handling skills, a veterinary nurse qualification will enable you to build skills in leadership, management and organisation.
You’ll enjoy studying veterinary nursing if you:
- Love animals
- Communicate well
- Can work effectively in high-pressure environments
- Are good with people
- Can work independently
- Work well with details
- Enjoy working closely with others
- Thrive in fast-paced environments
While new job opportunities for veterinary nurse graduates are competitive, with a limited number of new roles opening each year, the Australian Government’s Job Outlook projects strong growth in the industry to 2020, in line with its growth each year for the past decade.
Veterinary nurses may also choose to build skills in management and operations, with PayScale reporting career opportunities in practice management following work as a veterinary nurse.
A veterinary nurse in Australia can expect to earn between $36,000 and $55,000 per year, according to PayScale. While veterinary nurses with more experience do earn more than those with less experience, the gap isn’t significant and entry-level veterinary nurses can expect to earn a competitive wage while building experience and essential skills.
- Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia